Week of 22 April 2016

(Dear Cookie-pals: I had this post drafted and never hit publish and then visitors from out of the country came for a few weeks, and I went to Disney World, and basically life exploded. So, please pretend I actually posted it when I was supposed to… I refuse to skip it because I like the stuff in it too much, so DEAL. And enjoy!)

Hi! 🙂

I love, love, love this translation of a letter from 1911 written by Albert Einstein to Marie Curie. He basically told her to ignore the haters: “I am so enraged by the base manner in which the public is presently daring to concern itself with you,” and goes on to tell her to ignore “that hogwash”… Perfect.

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And speaking of public perception and harassment of women: Did you catch The Guardian’s excellent piece, Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’? I was a young teen when the whole scandal happened, so I can barely remember a time when I didn’t know her name. It basically boggles my mind that she’s less than ten years older than me (and don’t even get me started on the way she’s been treated). It’s a really great read, whether for the Lewinsky parts or the look at online harassment and misogyny.

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And because I like a theme and feminism and the lady-justice: I really enjoyed Vox’s Every semi-competent male hero has a more talented female sidekick. Why isn’t she the hero instead? They’ve even got a chart that looks at three key factors: (1) Who is more competent?, (2) Who is captured or defeated by the villain?, and (3) Who saves the day and gets the credit? (Spoiler alert: The women featured are more competent, but somehow always captured/defeated.) Sure, this isn’t every story, but I bet we could think of many, many more that fit the same criteria.

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Regardless, as usual, I’m living my best life:

😀 😀 😀

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